- Beginning: The main character carries out life as normal. [In "Until They Unite", Marco is inducted into a prestigious group called the Shadow Faction.]
- Plot Point 1: Something happens that changes everything. This forces them to do something they'd rather not. [Marco is suddenly expected to embark on a mission of great urgency, and he's been with the Faction for barely a week.]
- Lead-up to the end: The third act shows how the character succeeds or becomes a better person.
- Resolution: Ties together the loose ends and shows the result of actions taken throughout the story.
- Denouement: A comedown after the intense final points of the story. Show how the characters have changed or developed after their experience.
A note on tension:
From the beginning of the story, the tension should become progressively higher until the climax of the story. Readers need a break, though, so after each crisis, allow some drop in tension before raising it again. Otherwise the reader could get fizzled out from the constant action.
These sections after a crisis are also a fantastic point to develop the characters and reveal tidbits about the backstory or describe the landscape to give the reader some sense of the world.